Home News

United Way High Schoool Group Awards over $38,000 into Local Youth Programs

By Youth for Youth Committee (BYFY), a collaborative project of United Way, Dane County Youth Commission, and City of Madison Community Development Division, awarded $38,000 to 19 local youth programs/projects.

By Youth for Youth Committee (BYFY), a collaborative project of United Way, Dane County Youth Commission, and City of Madison Community Development Division, awarded $38,000 to 19 local youth programs/projects.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2014

Teenage leaders from area high schools will reveal the funding decisions of grants to go to benefit local youth lead organizations.

On April 7, the By Youth for Youth Committee (BYFY), a collaborative project of United Way, Dane County Youth Commission, and City of Madison Community Development Division, will award $38,000 to 19 local youth programs/projects. The projects will directly impact over 440 youth and are projected to reach over 2,200 youth and their families in our community by increasing academic achievement, enhancing social and cultural competency, and increasing knowledge of health issues.

“BYFY provides a meaningful leadership and volunteer experience for both youth participating on the BYFY committee, as well as for youth who apply for and implement projects for the organizations they serve, “says Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO of United Way of Dane County.  “Youth develop into future community leaders by learning ways to organize and support their vision for change in the community, enhance their leadership skills, and strengthen youth participation in community volunteerism.”

BYFY’s funding priorities set by the committee are focused on activities that promote healthy relationships, diversity and multiculturalism, education, college prep, career planning, drug and alcohol abuse and tobacco prevention, healthy living, LGTBQ support and awareness, and community outreach, youth leadership and volunteerism.

About By Youth For Youth

By Youth For Youth is a volunteer committee of 20 Dane County high school students that makes investment decisions for youth-led programming in Dane County.  BYFY provides youth the opportunity to identify needs and issues that are important to them and direct funding to those issues. Four sponsors donated the funding for BYFY projects: Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods, United Way of Dane County, City of Madison—Community Development Division, and Dane County Youth Commission.

 BYFY Committee Member Roster 2013-2014

Name School Year in School
Amol Rajesh Memorial Sophomore
Alex Solache West Junior
Ashley Moseberry East Senior
Caitlin Smith East Senior
Daneke Clark East Senior
Edwin Solache West Sophomore
Emma Greenya LaFollette Senior
Flavi Ruth home school Freshman
Frannie Ruth home school Sophomore
Gabriel Saiz West Soph
Gabriella Johansson West Sophomore
Haley Walker West Junior
Hawaou Diallo East Senior
Henry Gaylord East Sophmore
Isaia Ben-Ami East Sophomore
Jen Wagman Verona Sophomore
Kanesha Freiberg LaFollette Senior
Shaneice White LaFollette Senior
Tamaya Schreiber-Poznik West Freshman
Trina Olsen West Junior

 About Our Community’s Agenda for Change

EDUCATION

  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.

 SAFETY

  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.

 HEALTH

  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

 United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

About United Way of Dane County

 United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County.

United Way Announces 2014 Foundation Board of Trustees

Madeline Leopold

Madelyn Leopold, retired partner from Boardman & Clark LLP, was elected to serve as the Foundation’s Chair for 2014.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2014

Darrell Bazzell from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been named a new Trustee for the United Way of Dane County Foundation. The Foundation Board is comprised of lead volunteers who guide the organization in advancing the mission of United Way of Dane County, investing in our community’s Agenda for Change and providing opportunities for individuals to extend their own legacy of effective, local philanthropy.

Madelyn Leopold, retired partner from Boardman & Clark LLP, was elected to serve as the Foundation’s Chair. Other individuals elected to positions include: Vice Chair- Jay Sekelsky, Madison Investment Advisors, and Secretary/Treasurer- Mark Koehl, Wipfli LLP.

Nick Meriggioli, Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods Group, will serve this year as Ex Officio Trustee as he chairs the United Way of Dane County Board of Directors

“Our 2014 Foundation Board of Trustees is committed to continuing the Foundation’s growth, sustainability and impact. The Trustees have approved an aspirational five-year plan to realize $10 million in Foundation net assets and $10 million in expectancies by year’s end in 2015,” said Madelyn Leopold, Chair, United Way of Dane County Foundation. “This type of growth could transform lives through our community’s Agenda for Change. We invite everyone in the community to be a part of this work.”

Retiring Foundation Trustees include Londa Dewey, The QTI Group and Michael Victorson, M3 Insurance, who served as Ex Officio.

How to Give to the Foundation

Support of the Foundation is an investment in our community’s future. There are many option to give whether you are a long-time supporter or a new contributor to help the Foundation affect positive change today and tomorrow. For more information, please contact Kristi Shepard, Senior Director of Major & Planned Giving, at (608) 246-4399 or foundation@uwdc.org or visit http://www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/united-way-foundation/.

2014 United Way of Dane County Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees

Madelyn Leopold Chair Retired, Boardman & Clark LLP
Jay Sekelsky Vice Chair Madison Investment Advisors
Mark Koehl Secretary/Treasurer Wipfli LLP
Darrell Bazzell Trustee University of Wisconsin-Madison
Darrell Behnke Trustee U.S. Bank
Holly Cremer Berkenstadt Trustee Community Leader
Jim Blanchard Trustee Community Leader
John Bolz Trustee Community Leader
Barbara Finley Trustee Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Clayton Frink Trustee The Capital Times
Leslie Ann Howard Ex Officio United Way of Dane County
Sherri Kliczak Trustee Retired, National Guardian Life
Norma Madsen Trustee Community Leader
Nick Meriggioli Ex Officio Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods Group
Jim Riordan Trustee Retired, WPS Health Insurance
Frederick Schwartz Trustee Sub-Zero Group, Inc.
*Noble Wray Trustee Retired, Madison Police Depart.
John Zimdars Trustee The Zimdars Company

Honorary Trustees

Don Anderson Marv Conney Jerry Hiegel
Jean Manchester Dale Mathwich Loren Mortenson
Thomas G. Ragatz

New Trustees bolded
*
On a temporary leave of absence

About our Community’s Agenda for Change

EDUCATION

  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.

 SAFETY

  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.

 HEALTH

  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

About United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County.

United Way Is Accepting Concept Papers for Youth Transition Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2014

United Way of Dane County is currently accepting concept papers from agencies for programs focused on supporting high school aged youth in Dane County with emotional and behavioral issues. United Way expects to fund one to three programs for up to $75,000 that effectively guide youth to successfully make the transition from high school to employment and/or secondary education. Online applications are available at www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/concept-paper

The deadline for receiving Concept Papers is April 25, 2014 at 6:00PM. Submissions must be formatted as a Microsoft Word document or PDF document, using a font no smaller than Arial point 11 or Times Roman point 12 typeface and delivered by electronic mail to Ashley Hillman at ahillman@uwdc.org with the subject line reading: “Youth Transitions Concept Paper.”  Online submissions will also be accepted.

The Self-Reliance and Independence Community Solutions Team will review the concept papers and determine which agencies will be invited to participate in the full proposal process and notify them by May 30, 2014. The full proposal process is projected to start June with a close date in July.  Agencies will be notified of the provisional decisions by early December 2014.

For more information, please contact Ashley Hillman at 246-4383 ext. 6312, or email ahillman@uwdc.org.

About Self-Reliance and Independence (SRI) Community Solution Team
The SRI Community Solution Team manages the Safe and Healthy Aging portfolio which includes seniors and people with disabilities. Our focus is to ensure that seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes and live safely and independently.

 About Our Community’s Agenda for Change

EDUCATION

  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.

 SAFETY

  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.

 HEALTH

  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

 United Way engages our community, mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

About United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition  in Dane County.